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Boston College Basketball: Eagles Suffer First Loss of Season to Belmont

Boston College Eagles lose

Nik Popovic leads four Boston College players in scoring with 23 points

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Belmont outscored Boston College 32-9 over a 12-minute span, closing the first half and into the second, earning a 100-85 win in game two of the Gotham Classic.

It was a back-and-forth first half that saw eight ties and 16 lead changes.  The Eagles led by as many as five – 22-17 with 12:59 to play – and held onto a one-point lead after a CJ Felder jumper made it 45-44 with just over a minute left in the half.

But Belmont would close the opening frame with five straight points, beginning the run that proved costly for Eagles.

The Bruins built as much as a 25-point cushion – 81-56 – midway through the second half.  BC would chip away, getting as close as 15 points on two occasions after two 3-pointers by Kamari Williams.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

  • Nik Popovic led BC with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting.  The 6-11 center made 3-of-5 from the perimeter to go with five rebounds in 31 minutes.
  • Derryck Thornton had 15 points, seven assists (three turnovers), three rebounds, and two steals.
  • Jay Heath added 10 points in a foul-added 27 minutes of play.
  • Kamari Williams came off the bench to score a season-best 10 points (3-4 FG; 2-4 3FG; 2-2 FT).
  • Offensively, BC put up some of its best numbers of the season – 85 points, 55.9% shooting (33-59), 44.4% from the 3-point line (8-18), 84.6% from the FT line (11-13), and 18 assists.
  • On the other side of the floor, Belmont became the first opponent to score 100 points on the Conte Forum hardwood since an overtime affair vs. Providence on Dec. 4, 2018.
  • The Bruins’ 15 made 3-pointers tied for the most by an opponent at Conte Forum and guard Adam Kunkel’s 35 points ranks sixth all-time by an opponent.

STAT OF THE GAME:

  • 42 – Boston College scored 42 of its 85 points in the paint.

FOR THE ANALYTICS CROWD:

  • Nik Popovic (21) and Steffon Mitchell (20) led the way for the Eagles in efficiency rating.
  • Two others – Derryck Thornton (15) and Kamari Williams (10) – each registered double-figures in the EFF column.
  • Efficiency rating is calculated using the following formula: (PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK – Missed Shots – TO)

UP NEXT:

  • Boston College plays the third of five straight at home, hosting Eastern Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
  • The game is the third of four games as part of the Gotham Classic MTE.
  • Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on ACC Network Extra.
  • The game can also be heard live on the Boston College Learfield IMG College Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Danya Abrams.
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